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Anyone Remember The AirStrip Days?

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Wow!  What fun I've had looking through old pictures of my mom, Lee, who was a Flight Attendant for Braniff International. Not only have I enjoyed seeing my mom back in the day,but the pictures have inspired me to do some research into the history of Pucci!  Here's what I found, plus a few pictures of my mom. In the 1960s, Dallas-based Braniff International set out to... read more

Viva Mexico

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    We're codesharing with who...or is it whom...I always forget, but who cares? I should be writing this in Spanish...do you write in Spanish? Wow, I'm struggling today with what few writing skills I have,  probably because I'm so excited about the announcement of our second International codeshare partner - Volaris.   It's Volaris...yes Volaris! You know, if you fuse... read more

Southwest Is Coming to Town!

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Terry Trippler is a respected travel expert from the Twin Cities.    When Southwest Airlines announced Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) would be the next city to join their family, the Twin Cities media asked if MSP would experience the “Southwest Effect”.  Coined by the Department of Transportation to describe how Southwest’s entry into a new market results in... read more

DING! March–and Minneapolis/St. Paul–is now for sale!

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We’ve just published the March, 2009 schedule, so Southwest is now accepting reservations all the way out until May 8, 2009.   Whether you want some Florida sun to chase away the late Winter chill, or feel like some early Spring slaloming down the slopes in the Rockies or the Cascades, you can book your trip now at southwest.com. As usual in any new schedule, we’ve got... read more

Las Vegas Runway Closure

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One of the runways at Las Vegas (LAS) is going to be closed awhile for resurfacing, and it may affect our operations there.  Mark Monse, one of our Dispatchers, explains the circumstances: LAS normally has the capacity to land as many as 60 aircraft per hour, but the closure of 07R/25L (one of their four runways) drops that 60 rate down to anywhere between 44 per hour and... read more

A Sharp Dressed Man

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Just in from SWA Universe Headquarters.  Our sharp dressed CEO, Gary Kelly, is spotted wandering the halls with guitar in hand.  This year's pop culture sensation is Gary as Billy Gibbons of the legendary Texas band, ZZ Top.  On the left is his Executive Assistant, Gillian Kelley (no relation), and on the right is his Chief of Staff, Nan Barry.    

Celebrity Judges head to Dallas for Southwest’s Annual Halloween Contest

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To say Halloween is a pretty big deal here at Southwest Airlines doesn’t really paint an accurate picture.  It goes way beyond mere costumes and decorations.  For one day out of the year, our headquarters essentially becomes an amusement park, filled with haunted houses, rides, and Broadway-style shows. Departments plan for months and compete for the honors of best... read more

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Powered by Pixie Dust

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Greetings from Tinker Bell One! Today, Southwest Airlines is celebrating the release of the new Tinker Bell DVD and Blu-Ray with a special Tinker Bell plane tour. This Southwest Airlines flight is “powered by pixie dust!”     Southwest and Disney representatives are onboard asking trivia questions and giving away prizes.   After watching the new Tinker Bell movie,... read more

Confessions of an Intern

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Before I began my Internship at Southwest Airlines, I had a preconceived notion that I would be fine-tuning my filing skills, perfecting my ability to make a good cup of coffee and mastering the art of ordering lunch by phone. Boy, was I wrong. Since the first day I stepped foot into the Public Relations Department, I’ve been involved arms and elbows in major projects... read more

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Before the 737

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I’ve been immersed in the Southwest archives the past few months, and have found some interesting stuff from our early days.  From time to time, I will be sharing some of this with you. It is no secret that one of the reasons for Southwest Airlines’ success over the years has been our simplified fleet of Boeing 737s.  Only twice in our 37+ year history have we strayed... read more

A MAP, A BLINDFOLD, AND SOME DARTS

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Have you ever wondered what things are considered when picking a new city? In this episode of Red Belly Radio, we hear Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly announcing the newest Southwest Airlines destination, and then I interview Nicholas Haan from our Schedule Planning department about how we pick new cities. To answer your obvious question, it does not involve a map,... read more

LUV Letters

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As a Culture Services Writing Supervisor, I have the privilege of reading several hundred letters each week from Customers who take the time to recognize the hard work and above and beyond efforts of our Employees.  We also receive tons of “fan mail” from Customers who LUV and appreciate our overall service (safe, reliable air travel at an affordable price!).  Most... read more

Pimp My Cart

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They’re staples in our halls and offices.  They bring tidings of good joy…and bills.  They are the wonderful Employees of our Distribution Services Team!  In non-SWA talk, they would be called “the crew from the mailroom,” but they mean way more to us than that. These guys—and a gal!—deliver letters and parcels with smiles, know everyone at SWA Headquarters,... read more

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Chicken Fried Bacon……..Oh yay!!!

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Many people are getting in the spirit of football season, and so am I, but for a different reason.   It reminds me that the Texas State Fair is here!   If you ask those who know me well, they will tell you I am a State Fair junkie.  I buy the season pass and go as much as I can.   The first thing I do is find the Fletcher's stand to get a cold beer and corn dog.   I... read more

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We Won! Again!

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Paula is in New York City, and she just let us know--Nuts About Southwest has been selected as the best corporate blog by PR News for the second year in a row!  Thanks to all of you for helping us reach this huge milestone.

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DID YOU KNOW: Southwest Capacity Factoid

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  According to past annual reports, we have decreased our available seat miles (ASM) only twice in our history.  Once, from 1972 to 1973 and again, ever so slightly, from 1987 to 1988. 1972 - 263,808 1973 - 260,616 Decrease of 1.2 percent 1987 - 13,331,055 1988 - 13,309,044 Essentially flat, but literallly a decrease of .1 percent Otherwise, we have always had a... read more

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You’re Gonna Make it After All!!!

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Today Southwest announced our plans to add the 65th city to our network next March, and it’s one we have been asked about, often, for many years.   Twin Cities—get ready to fall in LUV!   Southwest plans to establish a “No Hidden Fees” zone at the  Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in March 2009, bringing Low Fares and excellent Customer Service to the... read more

Media Day Lunch and Daryl Krause’s Presentation

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I'm still here at Media Day, and at lunch, the tables were turned as most of Southwest's Officers heard from a panel of industry experts who took a look at the future of the industry.  This included Terry Tripler, Rick Seaney, Randy Petersn, Tom Parsons, and Peter Greenberg.  Daryl Krause, our Senior Vice President Customer Services, spoke after lunch, and he used his... read more

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Generations Apart

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Do the terms Traditionalist, Baby Boomer, Generation X, and Millennials mean anything to you?  These are the four generations of Employees working at Southwest Airlines, and each them have a different way of looking at the world, their work, and their relationships.  Our University for  People presented a unique and funny skit they have prepared for our folks to us to help... read more

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Applause–Not Needed but Appreciated

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If you fly on Southwest Airlines regularly, chances are you’ve probably been on a flight where the cabin breaks into applause upon landing. This happens from time-to-time for various reasons. Often, it’s in response to a “sporty” approach in gusty winds or bad weather that has the Passengers who are not “comfortable fliers” clutching their armrests until touchdown.... read more

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